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NCJ Number: NCJ 178246     Find in a Library
Title: Conducting Community Surveys: A Practical Guide For Law Enforcement Agencies
Series: BJS Technical Reports
Author(s): Deborah Weisel
Corporate Author: Bureau of Justice Statistics
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America

Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)
US Dept of Justice
United States of America
Date Published: 10/1999
Page Count: 29
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Statistics
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Contract Number: OJP-99-135-M
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Document: Text PDF 
Agency Summary: Agency Summary 
Type: Guideline
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report summarizes basic points that law enforcement officials should consider in deciding whether to survey the public.
Abstract: This practical guide for law enforcement agencies accompanies the Crime Victimization Survey Software developed by the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services and the Bureau of Justice Statistics. It describes how surveys have been used to improve policing services, ways to identify survey goals and procedures for survey administration and analysis. The guide reviews many aspects of using surveys, including: (1) use of telephone surveys; (2) overcoming fears of surveys; (3) tailoring surveys to fit different needs; (4) modifications to reflect local conditions; (5) the critical issue of sample size; (6) issues of probability sampling; (7) coordination and quality control; (8) selection, training and supervision; (9) frequencies and cross tabulations; and (10) terminology and costs. Appendixes, table
Main Term(s): Statistics
Index Term(s): Data collection devices ; Public Attitudes/Opinion ; Surveys ; Crime surveys ; Data collection ; Sampling ; Victimization surveys ; Police department surveys ; Attitude measurement
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